Lights

Brenna Thummler

Book - 2023

"Marjorie Glatt's life was forever changed the day she discovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family's laundromat. One of those ghosts was Wendell: a lonely phantom turned Marjorie's best friend. When he and Marjorie are joined by ghost-enthusiast Eliza Duncan, the three friends band together in friendship, bravery, and all things paranormal. Wendell died far too young and now must wander the Land of Humans with nothing more than a sheet for a body. He knows how he died--a tragic drowning accident--but lately he's grown curious about his past life. He wants to know more about why he died, not just how he died. It's not easy, though, since Wendell's memory of his human life has grown increasingly blurry.... With Marjorie and Eliza's help, they set out on a journey to find out more. When they hear a rumor about Wendell's death, they wonder if it might not have been an accident after all. Meanwhile, Marjorie and Eliza's friendship is tested when Marjorie starts to befriend the very people who used to bully Eliza. In the third and final installment of the Sheets trilogy, Wendell will finally uncover the truth of his human life. Marjorie and Eliza will learn that some people really can change. Most of all, they start to see that everything can cast shadows, but if you look hard enough, you can find the light."--

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Subjects
Genres
Graphic novels
Paranormal comics
Ghost comics
Published
Portland, OR : Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group, LLC [2023]
Language
English
Main Author
Brenna Thummler (author)
Edition
First edition
Item Description
"The finale to the bestselling Sheets series"-- Cover.
Physical Description
361 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
Audience
10 years and up.
Grades 4-6.
ISBN
9781637152317
Contents unavailable.
Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up--The final entry in Thummler's "Sheets" trilogy, Lights focuses on the aftermath of grief, providing a loving send-off for its unlikely trio of friends. The first volume centered on Marjorie, a middle school student grieving her mom's death, who befriends a group of ghosts that haunt her family's laundromat. Delicates introduced Eliza, an alienated classmate on the precipice of deep depression, who connects with Marjorie and her ghost friend, Wendell. Lights finds the protagonists cautiously moving beyond their struggles and exploring how it might look to feel okay. At the same time, they are intent on uncovering the hazy circumstances of Wendell's death. As the group explores Wendell's parents' abandoned home and dance school that they once owned, the amateur sleuths tiptoe into murder-mystery territory, but ultimately uncover an everyday tragedy worthy of its own ballet. Thummler's wiry, textural illustrations are subtly cinematic, employing a retro pastel palette that gently mutes the narrative-enhancing intensity of her artwork. Though the work of wrapping up the trilogy entails streamlining a story that excels in its winding, intuitive flow, emotional messiness remains in the air throughout the story, especially in interactions between the living protagonists and their loving, concerned parents. Marjorie's family is white, Eliza's family is Black, and Wendell is revealed to have been white. VERDICT A thoughtful finale to an emotionally incisive story, best appreciated as a part of the series.--Emilia Packard

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